Special Issue "Water Infrastructure Asset Management"

A special issue of Infrastructures (ISSN 2412-3811).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Assela Pathirana

Associate Professor of Integrated urban water cycle management, Flood Resilience Research Group, Department of water science and engineering, IHE-Delft Institute for water education, Westvest 7, Delft 2611AX, The Netherlands
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Interests: urban water cycle management; climate change adaptation; rainfall; urban drainage and flood; infrastructure asset management
Guest Editor
Mr. Frank Den Heijer

Project manager flood risk, expert consultant division of flood risk, Deltares, Boussinesqweg 1, 2629 HV Delft, The Netherlands
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Interests: flood risk management; probabilistic design in hydraulic engineering; hydraulics of deltas; asset management of flood infrastructure; reservoir management; water defence structures
Guest Editor
Dr. Eur Ing. Paul B Sayers

1. Sayers and Partners LLP, Watlington, UK
2. University of Oxford Honorary Fellow, Oxford, UK
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Interests: strategic flood risk management; flood defence planning; design; management; nature-based approaches; flood social and economic vulnerability; coastal erosion; climate risk and resilience

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Many civil infrastructure systems have water-related functions: Flood defence, marine infrastructures, irrigation, drinking water, sewage, etc. Considerable investments are required for building, renovating and maintaining these systems. Most influence (positively or negatively) other associated systems, serve multiple functions and are often operated by more than one owner/manager. This tapestry of type, function and ownership present a complex challenge to life cycle asset management.

In recent decades, these complex challenges have motivated the development of more strategic, whole life and multi-disciplinary approaches to guide the design, maintenance and planning of water infrastructure assets. Across these asset types engineers and designers face similar issues and this special issue focuses on the latest developments in managing water-related infrastructure systems, including (but not limited to), buried pipe (drinking/sewer water) systems, dikes and dunes, storm surge barriers, bridge pillars, locks, sluices, retaining walls, harbour infrastructures, reservoirs and dams, irrigation systems, etc.

We invite submissions from across water infrastructure asset management, that address key challenges of (i) How to appropriately reconfigure existing assets and design new assets in a way that makes future adaptation easy. (ii) How best to ensure infrastructure assets delivery multiple life-time outcomes for society and the environment. (iii) How to work embrace the contribution of natural infrastructure alongside conventional infrastructure.

We encourage you to consider the opportunity for water infrastructure asset managers in addressing these challenges and welcome papers that aspects a broad range of topics, including:

  1. Data management: Asset inventories, innovation data collation methods and uncertainty handling, data value
  2. Asset condition assessment and deterioration modelling
  3. Asset failure modes and reliability analysis.
  4. Risk-based planning and optimisation of renewal programming.
  5. Asset adaptation and life cycle management (managing uncertainty, climate change, funding, changing demands and requirements, scenario analysis, societal cost benefit approaches, system optimization and planning);
  6. Life time extension approaches: repair and renovation techniques, design, probabilistic modelling and maintenance optimization.
  7. Software tools for addressing different aspects of asset management (e.g., optimization, life-cycle costing)
  8. Innovations in (Higher) Education and training in AM for water infrastructure.

Dr. Assela Pathirana
Mr. Frank den Heijer
Mr. Paul Sayers
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Infrastructures is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

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Open AccessArticle Fit-for-Purpose Infrastructure Asset Management Framework for Water Utilities Facing High Uncertainties
Infrastructures 2018, 3(4), 55; https://doi.org/10.3390/infrastructures3040055
Received: 23 August 2018 / Revised: 10 November 2018 / Accepted: 25 November 2018 / Published: 4 December 2018
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Traditional infrastructure asset management is about maintaining the status quo of service levels in a resource-restricted, sometimes risk-increasing environment. Infrastructure asset management (IAM) is effective in addressing resource-deprived situations and in maximizing the benefits of the utility in these contexts. This makes IAM [...] Read more.
Traditional infrastructure asset management is about maintaining the status quo of service levels in a resource-restricted, sometimes risk-increasing environment. Infrastructure asset management (IAM) is effective in addressing resource-deprived situations and in maximizing the benefits of the utility in these contexts. This makes IAM a very appropriate and useful approach for developing countries. Hence, this paper focuses on developing a fit-for-purpose integrated asset management (IAM) framework that is suitable for situations where there are risks to assets, significant uncertainties, and resource deficits, and where improvements to the current service levels are needed. To be comprehensive in the application in these contexts, there is a need to supplement IAM with a new perspective—critical necessities, next to the risks to the status quo (current levels of service). This gap was evident during application of IAM principles to the drinking water system of Al-Mafraq, Jordan. It was overcome by framing questions on adaptation deficits and future needs that are to be answered together with risk matrix-based prioritization of asset management actions. The fit-for-purpose IAM framework comprising asset management, adaptation deficit, and future needs can ensure the continuity of service levels in emerging cities when supported through expert inputs and stakeholder consultations. Full article
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